CALI CON­FLICT PUB­LIC EN­EMY NO. 1

Ducks now trail neme­sis Kings in Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­onships

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

THE HONDA CEN­TER in Ana­heim and Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­gles are just 30 miles apart, but there’s noth­ing neigh­borly about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Ducks and the Kings. The ri­valry be­tween all three Cal­i­for­nia teams is well doc­u­mented, and you could make a case the blood feud be­tween the San Jose Sharks and Ducks is equally in­tense as the Ana­heim-Los An­ge­les squab­ble.

But the ge­o­graphic prox­im­ity, not to men­tion the Ducks and Kings fac­ing each other in the sec­ond round of the 2014 play­offs, makes this a com­pelling ri­valry. It took a long time to get that way. In the first 16 years of Ana­heim’s ex­is­tence (1993-94 to 2009-10), not once did the

CAM FOWLER

Ducks and Kings qual­ify for the play­offs in the same sea­son. But since 2010-11, they’ve both been part of the post-sea­son three times, fi­nally play­ing each other this past May. Ra­chet­ing up the dis­like is the fact Ana­heim no longer is the only Cal­i­for­nia team to win the Cup. The Ducks now trail the Kings 2-1.

The two teams meet Nov. 12, Nov. 15, Jan. 17, Feb. 27 and March 18.

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